Michael Baynes -
October 4, 2008 Subject:
That was Friggin Great!!!
Those microwaves were huge, and I love the controls for it, but it is a great film showing the advances in modern technology and the wave of the future (and was right)in cooking.
September 24, 2007 Subject:
Lobster, Lobster, and more Lobster!
I love my microwaves, and I use them regularly for thawing, warming, melting, and such-like cooking tasks.
But LOBSTER? Cupcakes? Eeeeeew!
"Steaming" asparagus works great, thawing frozen cake (if you have some odd desire to eat reheated frozen cake) would work fine, but they mention how microwaves (and quartz ovens) are good for preparing lobster three seperate times in the film. Was this a big concern in 1969? I don't even like lobster.
They also show the remarkable speed with which cupcakes can be made to rise. To be fair, they don't actually claim that the cupcake would be edible after being prepared in a microwave, they just thrill us with how rapidly it rises.
It is also delightful that they searched down a primitive, stone-age tribe to illustrate how some simple people still utilize fire for the purpose of cooking food.
May 22, 2006 Subject:
Wave of the future!
Really heavy on the NASA and moonwalks, but it was made right after the Apollo landing, so the bent towards all that high technology is understandable.
I believe that Amana (who made the original Radar Range or microwave) had finally allowed other manufacturers to use the microwave technology around that time. Microwaves have been around a while. Hence, the focus on it.
You do see the cooks taking a foil wrapped dish from an oven, but that's not a microwave, that's a quartz or infrared oven. It's basically a light that warms the food up.
This is all rah-rah, there's no mention of the needed precautions for cooking with either "new" oven, but it doesn't matter, the microwave oven didn't become a household staple till what, the eighties?
There's some great footage of historic re-enactments, and moreso, really great scenes of NASA 'behind the scenes'. At least, in the kitchens.
It's actually a neat film, if happily obsessed with the space program.
March 16, 2004 Subject:
The amazing microwave oven
This comes from Litton Industries, which makes consumer electronics, but is also a defense contractor (maybe that's the NASA connection). Like many films here, this one makes it's subject seem like the absolute pinnacle of man's achievements--"cooking without heat!"
And once again, FP's review has nothing to do with the film.
March 10, 2004 Subject:
A) Ignore the review below mine.
B) This interesting and bizarrely paced film talks about how people began cooking their food more efficiently. From Fire (which is still being used thanks to some footage of New Guinea tribesmen), The film stops a bit and talks about Steam cooking and electric cooking, but the REAL focus is Microwave Ovens! I guess they were just being introduced, as the shill is really heavy about the wonders of the 'wave. Prepare Shrimp tails in a minute! Defrost your cake! It also seemed that they were throwing in tin foiled items in it as well, but I could be wrong. Oh, and don't worry about anything but the food being hot, like your dishes. Also, the film preoccupies with Nasa scientists, which makes me wonder who sponsored this film (it doesnt say)
July 12, 2003 Subject:
Even now, there are surprises...
Nothing could be more jolting than the sight of a cheerful, topless, Wilma Flintstone, animated by Hanna-Barbera's own skilled and randy animators. Perhaps most amazing is the degree of bounciness exhibited in this most unexpected cameo nudity. These shots alone make this a worthy download...